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Old 04-20-2013, 04:49 PM   #1
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Show me pics of your piano black trim -- preferably in a beige interior

Hey Fanatics,

I love my new e46 touring, but I just can't stand the "fine wood trim" that came with it (Myrtle, option S438A). Just a little too Town & Country for me.

I *think* I want to buy a Piano Black trim kit (51418235225KT) and a black leather auto shifter (25167533347) to replace it -- but I can't find any pics online from anyone who's got it in their car -- preferably a beige interior like mine.

Anyone out there riding around with this interior?? I'd really appreciate it if you could post or send me an example pic or two before I pull the trigger on this purchase.

Much appreciated! (And if anyone has an opinion on why I shouldn't do this -- fire away!)

P.S. -- If anyone is looking for a Myrtle trim kit and shift knob that'll fit an e46 sedan/touring, let's talk. I might have one available soon.
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:32 PM   #2
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Yes I'm not a huge fan of the Wood trim either. Not sure what to replace it with, tempted to match body colour (Sea Green Metallic) but would probably look bad
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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Show me pics of your piano black trim -- preferably in a beige interior

I have piano black trim with black interior and I love it. Sorry I don't have pics, my car is at the shop getting painted


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Old 04-20-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:14 PM   #5
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I have a silver looking trim, not sure what it's called, but I like the look over wood or black. Excuse the quality, taken with an iPhone in a dark garage.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:29 PM   #6
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Piano black is one of the better interior trims - it was last offered in 2001 so it's not very common. I had it on my 2001 325i and loved it - here's a few pics from waaaaaaaay back in the day...
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:36 PM   #7
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I like it better with the black interior than the beige, but these things are so "personal". OP, if you like the piano trim, then go for it. If you want something that's really original, take a look at this: http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=976157
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:42 PM   #8
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OP, you'll like the piano black trim. Replacing the Town & Country myrtle was one of the first things I did when I got my wagon (I have the grey interior). No kits back then, so I had to piecemeal order all the pieces. Shouldn't cost you more than $225-250. Recommend you get a few spare clips, because you'll definitely goon some up. If you don't have a nylon trim removal tool set, they're less than $10 at Harbor Freight.
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:26 AM   #9
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Hey Simon -- thanks -- that's it! Looks great. I also like the way the black extends into the cup holder area of the center console (mine are beige). Did your car come that way or did you do the swap yourself?

Cheers!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:29 AM   #10
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Hey Irish -- thanks... I thought about a silvery trim too, but I think piano black is closer to my sweet spot. To each their own!
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Old 04-21-2013, 10:35 AM   #11
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Hey Jiggz -- thanks for the pics -- the one thing I *do* like about the wood is that it has a glossy finish that reflects the sky through the windows and sunroof. Looks like piano black has the same deal.

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Old 04-21-2013, 10:37 AM   #12
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Hey Jaundiced -- yep, that's the pricing I was quoted. I've got a trim tool already but will grab some clips. Cheers...
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:29 AM   #13
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Hey Irish -- thanks for the link... Pretty cool to see the creativity folks put into their cars.

I wonder how long it'll be until our interiors become electronically "dialable". Going out on a date downtown? Click, piano black. Heading out to the ranch? Click, back to wood. Going to the art gallery? Click, Alexander Calder trim.

BTW -- didn't know that Calder did a BMW Art Car. Awesome!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Calder_CSL.jpg
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Old 05-07-2013, 12:14 PM   #14
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Finally finished my trim swap -- here's a before and after pic for those thinking of going this route (or the reverse).

BTW -- my original wood trim is now for sale over in the classifieds section.

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Old 05-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #15
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Looks good, but you could have just had your wood trim and shift knob painted piano black by a shop! I did that exact thing to my wood trim in my first E46 and it looked incredible. Plus I had a unique black shift knob, that was not leather (my car was a 5-speed).
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Old 05-07-2013, 02:26 PM   #16
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Wow Bake, I didn't even know such things were possible for less $$ than just buying the new trim.

I guess if you wanted that unique shift knob, paint was the only way to go.

Perhaps if no one buys my original wood trim, I'll experiment with it some day... maybe something like diM3tri's treatment??
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:13 PM   #17
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Hey Simon -- thanks -- that's it! Looks great. I also like the way the black extends into the cup holder area of the center console (mine are beige). Did your car come that way or did you do the swap yourself?

Cheers!
Hey Mike,
Sorry for the late reply. My center consol was originally beige. When I decided to delete the armrest I had a choice to go beige, grey or black for the center consol. I went with black obviously...
TBH if I had the energy I'd do a complete interrior swap for all black. But I just have too many projects to justify doing this to my 330...
BTW, ECS has the armrest delete "kit" for a really reasonnable price right now. Makes a huge difference on a manual car as it gives you room to shift without constantly banging your elbow!
And you get the added bonus of deleting those stupid cup holders for the neat little euro tray!
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:32 PM   #18
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Hey Simon -- no worries, thanks again for the pics and info! Funny you should mention ECS -- they just shipped my armrest delete parts in black!

Even though I have an auto tranny and I like the look of the euro tray, my girlfriend and I both live out of our coffee mugs... so both cup holders had to stay (without the damn armrest obscuring HER slot)...

Since I was changing colors, I did take the opportunity to order the rear "storage compartment" instead of the rear ash tray.

The thing I can't stand is the coin holder. Given the creativity of the e46 Fanatic community, I'm amazed nobody has come up with a suitable commercial replacement for it. Useless!
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:15 PM   #19
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I like the piano black. I know it is a personal opinion but I think it looks good.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:47 PM   #20
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I think it looks good. It's a more classic look than the wood.
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